BIO’s World Congress on Industrial Biotech Celebrates 10th Anniversary

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Conference Programming Will Highlight Industry Progress, Consumer Benefits

The 2013 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology this June 16-19 in Montreal, Canada at the Palais des congrès de Montréal will mark the event’s 10th anniversary. Since the inaugural Congress in 2003, this unique conference has established itself at the world’s largest industrial biotechnology event for business leaders, investors and policy makers in biofuels, biobased products and renewable chemicals.The annual conference links agriculture, chemistry and biotechnology to facilitate commercialization of biorefineries that are scaling up innovative processes, jumpstarting economic development and producing new employment opportunities. 

"During the 10 years BIO has held this conference we've witnessed an explosion of innovation led by industrial biotech companies," said Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section. "A growing biobased economy can strengthen the nation’s economic security and enhance energy security reducing dependence on foreign oil and also benefitting consumers by revitalizing manufacturing and creating new opportunities for agriculture, generating jobs, and making cleaner products and processes."

BIO's World Congress will also host the sixth annual presentation of the George Washington Carver Award for Innovation in Industrial Biotechnology, awarded to Dr. Jay Keasling this year. Keasling is a professor of biochemical engineering at University of California, Berkeley and associate laboratory director at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

The plenary sessions and breakout program for the 2013 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology will showcase the strides industrial biotechnology has made toward commercialization and the ways consumers benefit. Everyday products derived from biotechnology give consumers products with qualities they increasingly demand such as renewable ingredients, enhanced performance qualities or environmental benefits.

Featured plenary sessions include:

Biomanufacturing at Commercial Scale
Wednesday, June 19, 8 am–10 am

Moderator:Rick Eno, President and Chief Executive Officer, Metabolix
• Junichiro Kojima, Research and Development Manager, Ajinomoto
• Steve Gatto, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Myriant
• D. Andre Koltermann, Senior Vice President, Biotech & Renewables Center, Clariant
• Christophe Schilling, Chief Executive Officer, Genomatica

Feeling the Heat of the Biofuels Boom
Wednesday, June 19, 12 pm-2:15 pm

Moderator: Jim Lane, Editor, Biofuels Digest
• Peter S. Williams, Chief Executive Officer, INEOS Technologies & INEOS Bio
• Bernardo Gradin, Chairman and CEO, GranBio
• Geoffrey Tauvette, Director, Fuel and Environment, WestJet
• Carlos Eduardo Cavacanti, Head of Biofuels Development, Brazilian Economic Development Bank
• Steve Hartig, General Manager of POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels LLC

Featured breakout sessions include:

Cellulosic Ethanol: Scale-up and Commercialization
Monday, June 17, 10:30 am-12:00 pm

• Andre Koltermann, Clariant
• Ghansham Deshpande, Praj Industries Limited
• Oliver May, DSM
• Michele Rubino, Beta Renewables

Witness the Change: Creating a Bio-Based Reality
Monday, June 17, 2:30 pm-4:00 pm

Moderator: Will van den Tweel, Reverdia
•Jo Kockelkoren, Reverdia
• Steve Hurff, DuPont Tate & Lyle
• Catia Bastioli, Novamont
• Catherine Tredway, White Cloud
• Nigel J. Mouncey, The Dow Chemical Company

Renewable Feedstock Crops – Can they Provide an Economic Alternative to Petroleum?
Wednesday, June 19, 10:30 am-12:00 pm

Moderator: Jack Grushcow, Linnaeus Plant Sciences 
• Hamdy Kahlil, Woodbridge Foam
• Craig Crawford, Ontario BioAuto Council
• Jeff Uhrig, Elevance Renewable Sciences

Specialty Chemicals and Industrial Enzymes Destined for Food Ingredients, Cosmetics and Personal Care Sectors Wednesday, June 19, 10:30 am-12:00 pm

Moderator: Kathy Lowther, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development 
• Neil Burns, P2 Science, Inc 
• Albert Soley, Lipotec
• Neil Goldsmith, Evolva  
• Anthony Pavel, Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, General Counsel ETA

Find the full program list and schedule here.

Registration is now open for the 2013 BIO World Congress coming to Montreal, Canada, June 16-19 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal. Please visit http://www.bio.org/worldcongress/ for additional information, or email worldcongress@bio.org.

Online pre-registration for reporters and editors is now open. All breakout and plenary sessions at the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology are open to attendance by members of the media. Complimentary media registration is available to editors and reporters with valid press credentials working full time for print, broadcast or web publications.

About BIO
BIO is the world's largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. BIO also produces the BIO International Convention, the world’s largest gathering of the biotechnology industry, along with industry-leading investor and partnering meetings held around the world. BIOtechNOW is BIO's blog chronicling “innovations transforming our world” and the BIO Newsletter is the organization’s bi-weekly email newsletter. Subscribe to the BIO Newsletter.